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Building Trades:
Carpentry Pathway

CTE Pathways: Connecting High School to College and Career
Career and Technical Education courses help you get started on your pathway to success.

Program Description
Students prepare to apply technical knowledge and skills to lay out, fabricate, erect, install, and repair wooden structures and fixtures using hand and power tools. Students will also apply technical knowledge and skills needed to create custom cabinets, fine furniture, and architectural millwork.

You Will Learn
  • Common systems of framing.
  • Types of construction materials.
  • How to estimate needed materials for a project.
  • How to read a blueprint.
  • The safe use of trade hand tools and machinery.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Building Trades: Carpentry - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
SkillsUSA is the student leadership organization for Skilled & Technical Sciences Education. SkillsUSA provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character development. The organization builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes, and communication skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, lifelong education, and pride in the dignity of work.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Carpenter
  • Carpenter Helper
  • Carpentry Teacher
  • Construction Laborer
  • Construction Manager
  • Finish Carpenter
  • Foreman

Workforce Trends
As construction continues to increase in the public and private sector demand for skilled carpenters will increase. Those individuals with the proper training and skills will have abundant job opportunities to choose from.

Carpenters who complete a formal apprenticeship program receive certification as journeypersons.

This is a nontraditional occupation for women. In 2007, 1.9 percent of the people employed in this occupation were women.

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